“2018 was a dream run: a low-stress vintage with the fruit ripening evenly following dry seasonal conditions. All very positive except for the lowish yield, which means our 2018’s will sell quickly.”
The remote, isolated Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling vineyard is in the north-eastern corner of this famous Clare Valley subregion, planted on the very edge of the highly prized red loam over limestone. This ACO (Australian Certified Organic) vineyard produces beautifully balanced organic fruit, allowing Stephanie to make her wine without acid additions or the need for fining. The Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling is not only vegan and vegetarian friendly (as are all her wines), it also has ageing potential, while drinking beautifully now.
Lime green tints; a delicate, floral aroma reminiscent of limes.
380 CASES PRODUCED
100% estate grown and certified organic, the grapes are carefully hand harvested in the cool of the morning and sent straight to the winery where they are destemmed, crushed and gently pressed. The free-run juice is isolated and settled prior to fermenting in French oak barriques, one-third of which are new.
Each barrel is stirred weekly for three months then left on gross lees for a total of nine months when Stephanie conducts a series of tastings to determine the final blend. Once assembled it is bottled without fining.
Very pale white gold.
95 Points, 2019 James Halliday Wine Companion
“Crisp and textural at once. The focus is acute. Lemon curd, citrus, cedar spice and a whisper of herbs. Beautiful wine, for now or for later”.
By Campbell Mattinson
The underlying principal of this special wine is that the canes are completely severed and the bunches of grapes are left hanging on the vine. This causes them to shrivel like raisins, naturally concentrating the flavour.
It’s a complex, highly risky process requiring both skill and experience. The decision to pick is made by Stephanie based on appearance and taste. Technical analysis in this case is of little value. Intimate knowledge of the process on the other hand is critical. Perfect picking conditions meant the fruit arrived at the winery in excellent raisined condition.
Bright pale white gold. Concentrated lemon-lime with vanilla spice.
The juice is allowed a very short skin contact time where it picks up its beautiful blushing pink hue and a little extra flavour. Fermented to almost dryness this wine looks and tastes of spring.
Yes, it is unusual to make rosé from shiraz, Stephanie has taken her knowledge of European rosés and come up with her own local version which is exceptional. Ideal over lunch, or as Stephanie says “the perfect afternoon-tea wine”.
Delicate pink hue. Appealing raspberry and musk aromatics. Moulded in the best of the Euro-styles: crisp and crunchy, vibrant red berry fruits, appealing floral notes and a lovely citrus edge. Surprisingly textured and long, with cleansing acidity to round out a generously fruity palate. This serious rosé to enjoy through the summer months is best served cool, but not cold, to enjoy its fine fruit character.
|AUTUMN – WINTER 2018 NEWSLETTER
EDITOR: DARREN JAHN
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